Do I need L plates? Is There a Difference if I'm on a 125cc Scooter?

Posted by | November 10, 2013 |
L Plate Laws in the UK
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Unsure about L-Plate rules? Have you been riding a 125cc with a CBT, but with no L-Plates?
Here’s Ben‘s first post about his little incident the other day..
There’s me thinking I would never get pulled over for not wearing my L-plates, and what happened on Friday the 4th of October 2013?

Yep! You guessed it..

I got Pulled over by a traffic police officer when I was riding with Markie.
Luckily enough for me, the police officer was a fellow biker himself.
But this goes out to any provisional licence holder with only a CBT..

Wear your L plates!

Because next time, this could be you. And you might not be so lucky;
you may just pick yourself up six points (3 points for a missing one on the front & 3 for missing one on the rear), get fined – and ultimately lose your license.
Here’s what the law has to say about it:
“You MUST first pass the theory test for motorcycles and then the moped practical test to obtain your full moped licence.”
“If you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001 you are qualified to ride a moped without L plates.”
“If you passed your car driving test after this date you MUST complete CBT before riding a moped on the road.”
(source)
So, if you’re one of these people, just think to yourself..

“Is really worth it?”

 
What is your opinion on the laws regarding L plates?
Do you think that they are clear enough?
Do you or do you not wear them?
We’d love to hear your views below.
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  • Booga 1963

    Yep the law regarding L plates is quite straightforward. Having said that I don’t have L plates as I passed my bike test in 1989!

  • Steviebhoy

    I had to do a CBT even though I passed my test in 1988 and still have L plates. Did I not even have to do the CBT then???